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Hell is a Roland Emmerich produced post-apocalyptic film. It focuses on a few survivors in Germany, struggling to get on in a world where the sun has scorched the Earth and left it too bright to inhabit.
It was once the source of life, light and warmth. But now the sun has turned the entire world into a baked and barren wasteland. Forests are scorched. Animal carcasses line the roads. Even the nights are dazzlingly bright.
Maria, her little sister Leonie and Phillip are heading for the mountains in a car with tinted glass. Rumour has it that water can still be found there. It is a hazardous trip into the unknown. Along the way, they run into Tom. He turns out to be a first-rate mechanic and becomes indispensible. But can they trust him? The tension grows. As if things weren't bad enough, they are lured into an ambush and their real battle for survival begins...
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Into this mix are introduced Marie (Hannah Herzprung) and her sister Leonie who are travelling with erstwhile boyfriend Phillip. They have an old Volvo and have put blackouts on the windows to shield them selves from the rays and heat of the sun. Their aim is to head to the mountains as they have heard that you can still find water there. The supplies and fuel is running low when they hit a petrol/gas station. Only thing is someone is already there.
This is a film that is quite bleak and has constant tension running through out, in an almost unsettling way. The road trip soon runs into problems and once the extent of their situation becomes apparent, there is no going back. This is billed as a Roland Emmerich (`The Day After Tomorrow' and `2012'), but this is actually not like them at all, which is a very good thing. There is no over the top CGI, and the violence is not gratuitous, this trades on the psychological tension which means the audience does not have to have things spelled out for them.
It is in German with very good sub titles and runs for 86 minutes. Some will say it has echoes of `The Road', but it is a film in its own right and whilst it may not be the most original plot ever, it is certainly entertaining.
The plot involves three people, then four traveling down the road following the birds toward what may be water. At this point the production reminded me of "The Road" a rather boring scenario waiting for things to happen. They find themselves in a stew as the film becomes "Wrong Turn." They become captured by religious people who "have no livestock" but need to survive. The girls will make good wives.
The movie takes place in a gunless society. It is hard to fathom society has fallen that far in such a short period of time, but I just went with it. Fans of Nina's "99 Luft Balloons" will be happy to know her CD survives the apocalypse which BTW the title I bought this film under. The dual meaning of Hell=Bright doesn't translate and I guess "Bright" wouldn't bring out the horror.
The film doesn't make it as a slasher or horror film. It is a weak sci-fi thriller, perhaps attempting to be too realistic to be entertaining. It leaves itself open for a sequel, although outside of Leonie (Lisa Vicari) who reminded me of a young Jennifer Lawrence, I didn't relate to them.
PARENTAL GUIDE: No f-bombs, sex, or nudity. Attempted sex/rape. Hannah Herzsprung briefly running around in panties.
I did watch it in three instalments. It would have been too much drudgery to watch in one go.
I don't want to spoil this for others, but this film's theme is nothing new.
Set in the near future when the sun has scorched the Earth, leaving only a few survivors to scour the land for what they need most - in this case, water. We meet four of them as they travel across Germany, unable to set foot in the sunlight and doing much of the travelling at night, as they desperately look for the fabled mountain range where it still rains.
The first half is pretty good. It takes the whole `can't go out in the sunlight' idea and introduces many nice touches, i.e. how the characters have developed new patterns of living, plus how they ingeniously find various ways of getting more water (out of pipes, using cloths to soak moisture off cave walls and so on). Plus the acting is good. Everyone plays their part well and there isn't a Jar-Jar Binks among them (in other words, hideously annoying and unbearable to watch).
However, the second half kind of slips up on itself and turns the whole thing into a simple `escape from the baddies' movie. It even comes complete with `running through the woods' scene. Plus the idea of being unable to go out in the sunlight kind of gets forgotten about. The sunlight suddenly plays no real part in the second act, even to the extent that the characters are somehow able to run about it in with no real side effects.
What starts off excellent, just ends up being okay-ish. It's definitely worth watching, even if it's just for the nice atmosphere created and decent first half. If you fancy a German subtitled version of The Road, give it a try.
More like a 3.5 out of 5 star movie, but I'm feeling generous!
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One of the best surprises of the last year.
Highly recomended for horror and scyfy fans.
A very good germany movie.
Post apocaliptic one, make with a little money.
VERY WELL ACTED,THOUGH IS NOT IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE,BUT SUBTITLED IN ENGLISH.IT IS WORTH WATCHING RECOMMENDED FOR VIEWERS WHO LIKE AFTER DOOMSDAY FILMS.Published on 23 May 2013 by BACHIR ABOU ZAHR
The marketing might make much of Roland Emmerich producing involvement, but while this low-budget German survivor story is set the day after tomorrow but it's about as far from The... Read morePublished on 15 April 2013 by R. J. Lister
It is a good film, it is original in one sense, it has good tension moments. If you did not watch it, I recommend it, but do not expect more than entertaining. Read morePublished on 25 Mar. 2013 by Jorge